People are always asking me how I stay so young and lovely looking with no plastic in my bathroom cabinet.
Easy I say – I get all Blue Peter and make my own products. Its quicker then  trying to choose between a hundred different shampoos and it’s really simple, fun to do, so much cheaper  and  I get to control what goes on my  body, where it comes from and what environmental impact it has.
Incidentally have you seen what goes into commercial cosmetics?  There are regular scares about  the  toxic chemicals used – try safe cosmetics website and the ewg database  for a few horror stories. If you are of a nervous disposition you might want to skip reading this and just take my word for it.
On the other hand, if you feel those are rather hysterical, you could try reading the  infinitely down to earth Colin a cosmetic scientist. While he tends to dismiss the wilder toxic claims of the green movement, he also debunks many cosmetic industry fantasies being sold today. Sadly that lotion isn’t actually dramatically different but just the same old emulsion of fat and water.
Believe me, you are paying a lot of money for  very little.
On a personal note I have long suffered sensitive skin reactions to store-bought potions. If I make my own, and don’t use a  preservative, I don’t.

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suntan lotion
fake bake that really works .

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hair gel

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Plastic- free menstruation –  sanitary Protection
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Nail brush
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Paper tissues in a box
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How to do it plastic-free

BLOG STATS As of 01.29.2017 onward have been counting the number people who have read each post. WHY CUT PLASTIC About 100 million tons of plastic are produced each year and much of it is used to make one-use, disposable items. Because plastic doesn't biodegrade these items, though only used for moments can last for decades, centuries, possibly forever. We are creating ever lasting rubbish in unsustainable amounts. It is polluting the environment, maiming even killing animals, poisoning fish and may be poisoning us.

8 thoughts on “How to keep pretty plastic free

  1. try it – its such fun and you can buy all the magic stuff like AHAs an add them to your creams. Still waiting for the promised results but hey – hope springs eternal. Have a good day y’all x

  2. Come and join us Come and join us – sung loudly while banging a big drum with symbols strapped to my knees…. er …sorry .. I mean how nice of you to call by x

  3. Oh I see! Well if I don’t have to give up my computer then I guess its something I can aspire to ;). But that makes alot of sense. Will definetly have to look into it 🙂 .

  4. I have apost on pots coming up soon. Most of my cosmetics I store in glass or metal jars with metal lids. I also use PLA compostable plastic pots.

    That said I do use some plastic bottles in the bathroom for obvious reason – slippy hands, hard floor, bare feet, shattering glass beeing a few. However I always refill them.

    I am not against all plastic all the time – I say this busy typing away on my plastic computer, it is one use disposables or products that could easily be made out of something else. It is the abuse of plastic I am against so I tend to boycot throwaway stuff and campaign for proper end of use disposal for longterm plastic items.

    The project is always developing as I analyse my own reactions. Also I am learning as I go.

    Thanks for dropping by and commenting.

  5. This is really interesting to me, as to be honest I’ve never considered boycotting plastic. This may be a stupid question – but what do you put the mixtures (of hand cream etc) that you make in to store them if not plastic? 🙂 x

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